Programs & Events

Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
Call 231.427.1001

Welcome to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park! The grounds, trails, and viewing areas at Headlands are open 24 hours a day, every day. Visitors are welcome to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities, but camping is not permitted. Units like tents and campers are not allowed in the park. The Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but instead is designed as a place to stay awake and view the stars. You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. When packing, keep in mind that temperatures are typically 10 degrees lower than expected due to our proximity to the lake shore.

To protect the darkness of the park, please use red-filtered flashlights during your visit to the Headlands. Learn more here.

Our programs take place rain or shine, and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Please save some time during your visit to stop by our “Out of This World” Gift Shop!

The Observatory is limited to park staff and researchers. Visuals when the Observatory is open are projected onto the big screen monitors on the main level. Professional star-gazers and astronomers are available on site to enhance your viewing experience during scheduled observing nights.

While the grounds, trails, viewing areas and restrooms at Headlands are always open and freely accessible, the Waterfront Event Center is only open to the public during scheduled programming and gift shop hours. The Waterfront Event Center at the Headlands is available for private rental.

To stay up-to-date on news and events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, register for email blasts by contacting scox@emmetcounty.org and be sure to follow our Facebook page for more news and photos.

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Junior Sky Rangers Program 7:00 pm
Junior Sky Rangers Program @ The Headlands
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Headlands staff will hold a Junior Sky Rangers program for 10-13 year-olds each Tuesday evening for six weeks (July 2-August 6). Each week, we will explore a new topic of astronomy and do a hands-on[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 5 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 6 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 7 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Junior Sky Rangers Program 7:00 pm
Junior Sky Rangers Program @ The Headlands
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Headlands staff will hold a Junior Sky Rangers program for 10-13 year-olds each Tuesday evening for six weeks (July 2-August 6). Each week, we will explore a new topic of astronomy and do a hands-on[...]
Cosmic Tuesday – 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing 8:00 pm
Cosmic Tuesday – 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing @ The Headlands
Jul 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
For our Cosmic Series, we will gather with special guests to inform and entertain us on various astronomy topics throughout the year.  Dr. Norbert Vance, director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University, will[...]
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 9 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 12 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 13 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 13 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Junior Sky Rangers Program 7:00 pm
Junior Sky Rangers Program @ The Headlands
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Headlands staff will hold a Junior Sky Rangers program for 10-13 year-olds each Tuesday evening for six weeks (July 2-August 6). Each week, we will explore a new topic of astronomy and do a hands-on[...]
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Fifty Shades of Greys: Victoria’s Secret Truth (with Ray Szymanski) 8:00 pm
Fifty Shades of Greys: Victoria’s Secret Truth (with Ray Szymanski) @ The Headlands
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We will gather with award-winning author and researcher, Raymond Szymanski, who is currently the undisputed expert on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its heralded connection to extraterrestrials.
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 18 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 19 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 20 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Sunrise Yoga 6:00 am
Sunrise Yoga @ Headlands
Jul 22 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Join us for a sunrise yoga session with Nourish! (Sunrise is 6:13 a.m.)
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Junior Sky Rangers Program 7:00 pm
Junior Sky Rangers Program @ The Headlands
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Headlands staff will hold a Junior Sky Rangers program for 10-13 year-olds each Tuesday evening for six weeks (July 2-August 6). Each week, we will explore a new topic of astronomy and do a hands-on[...]
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NOMAC Annual Star Party 8:00 pm
NOMAC Annual Star Party @ The Headlands
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Our local astronomy club, Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (NOMAC) will host their annual Star Party. Join enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals in gazing deeply into the sky with special guest presenters each night and a live[...]
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 25 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 26 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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NOMAC Annual Star Party 8:00 pm
NOMAC Annual Star Party @ The Headlands
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Our local astronomy club, Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (NOMAC) will host their annual Star Party. Join enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals in gazing deeply into the sky with special guest presenter Dr. Nicolle Zellner. Also, another[...]
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 26 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 27 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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NOMAC Annual Star Party 8:00 pm
NOMAC Annual Star Party @ The Headlands
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Our local astronomy club, Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (NOMAC) will host their annual Star Party. Join enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals in gazing deeply into the sky with special guest presenters each night and a live[...]
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jul 27 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Junior Sky Rangers Program 7:00 pm
Junior Sky Rangers Program @ The Headlands
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Headlands staff will hold a Junior Sky Rangers program for 10-13 year-olds each Tuesday evening for six weeks (July 2-August 6). Each week, we will explore a new topic of astronomy and do a hands-on[...]
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